MarTinez Butts (guitar, keyboard, background & lead vocals)

Influences:

 

Phelps "Catfish" Collins (The JBs, Bootsy's Rubber Band, Parliament/Funkadelic); Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner (Ohio Players); Ernie Isley (The Isley Brothers); Johnnie Graham (Earth, Wind & Fire); Al McKay (Earth, Wind & Fire); Charles "Claydes" Smith (Kool & The Gang); Nile Rodgers (Chic); Mark "Drac" Hicks (Slave) [I was in a band with "Drac" in 1998!]; George Johnson (The Brothers Johnson)


 

Pre-Basic Truth Music Career Highlights:

 

1982: Tuff band, founding member

 

1985: Chain Reaction / Ecstasy (bass) -- first full-time performing project; performances in: Ripley, OH; Portsmouth, OH; Kalispell, MT; Boise, ID; Casper, WY

 

1986: Full House band (bass / bass keys) -- performances in: Centerville, OH; Nashville, TN; Providence, RI

 

1987: The HITT Band -- interviewed live on WIZ-FM (100.9 FM), 11/22/87; original songs ("Get Busy With Lizzie", "You're The Star In My Life", "Situation") from group demo played on the air 11/22-25

 

1989: Straight From The Heart -- opened for Polygram recording artist Cheryl "Pepsii" Riley, Bogart's; performed at Greater Cincinnati Urban League Gala, 5/19/89; performed in Cincinnati Recreation Commission Super Summer Concerts series, 7/5/89

 

1993: PG-21 (bass / bass keys) -- first project as co-leader; performances in: Cincinnati, OH; Florence, KY; Mansfield, OH; South Bend, IN

 

1998: Hard Dryv / "Slave" -- performed as "Slave" with Mark "Drac" Hicks, guitarist of original group Slave

(phots by Mary Beth Hughes)

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